Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fear not as Fintan the Proxy rides to the rescue

Shane Ross

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

IN THE HOT SEAT: Anglo minnow and close pal of Brian Cowen, Fintan Drury, took centre stage at the Banking Inquiry
IN THE HOT SEAT: Anglo minnow and close pal of Brian Cowen, Fintan Drury, took centre stage at the Banking Inquiry

No Sean FitzPatrick. No David Drumm. No Willie McAteer. No Tiarnan O'Mahoney. Last week was designated Anglo's week at the Banking Inquiry. Thursday should have been Anglo's day. The big climax beckoned.

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Instead, Fintan the Anti-Climax arrived in the dungeons of Leinster House. The Inquiry was forced to settle for Fintan Drury, a minor player in the banking crisis, a mere non-executive director in Anglo Irish Bank. Fintan would have to do, because nobody else could turn up. Not a single executive from Anglo, the biggest culprit in the crisis, made it to the Banking Inquiry. The farce tumbled on.

Of course Fintan was interesting. Not for his role in running Anglo at the time of the collapse - he didn't seem to know much about that - but because he was a pal of ex-Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Fintan was fluffy about the management of Anglo although he was chairman of its risk committee. He was decisive, loyal and robust when it came to his relationship with Cowen. He never gave an inch.

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